moved for leave to introduce Bill C-466, an act to amend the Criminal Code (interference with a peace officer's equipment).
Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure that I rise to table, in both official languages, a bill which, as stated, would amend the Criminal Code of Canada with respect to attempts to disarm a police officer. I thank my colleague from St. John's East for seconding the motion.
The bill in essence would make it an indictable offence for any individual to attempt to or successfully disarm a police officer or peace officer or interfere with his or her protective equipment. This bill has received broad support from those within the policing community, individuals like Anthony Thomas, Duane Ruttledge, Kevin Scott and others in the policing community, as well as members of the Canadian Police Association.
I would urge all members to support this amendment to the Criminal Code.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)